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China rushes troops to Muslim area

world Updated: Nov 26, 2011 01:33 IST

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China has rushed thousands of special police forces to Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang province, where it is battling to contain separatist East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) militants.

Thousands of special policemen have been transferred to Urumqi from the regional public security department, Xinhua reported without specifying the reasons for the deployment.

The restive province has been witnessing large scale violence and terrorist activities since last two years and about 200 hundred people have been killed till now.